‘Bridlington hour’ is a success on Twitter

Fiona and Tim Norman of the Rotal Hotel.
Fiona and Tim Norman of the Rotal Hotel.

CONTRIBUTORS to the first ‘Bridlington Hour’ on social networking site Twitter have branded it a success – but have encouraged more businesses and individuals to get involved.

The ‘Bridlington Hour’ was devised as a way to get people talking about the town – promoting their businesses, advertising events and sharing what’s great about where they live – which is intended to let tourists and residents know what is going on and creating a buzz around Bridlington.

Held every week from 7pm to 8pm on Twitter, users in the Bridlington area are encouraged to end their tweets #BridlingtonHour.

Tim Norman, of the Royal Hotel on Shaftesbury Road, who came up with the idea alongside East Riding and Bridlington Town Councillor Shelagh Finlay, said that the first ‘Bridlington Hour’ was “very encouraging”.

He said: “For the first one, it went really well. We had over 150 tweets from a big mix of people – hoteliers, butchers, pubs – all advertising their wares and spreading a positive message about the town.

“It is fantastic that so many people can log on and contribute but we would love to see even more people getting involved and hopefully get the topic trending.

“That would mean any Twitter user could see the #BridlingtonHour and more people could get involved.”

Coun Finlay was also impressed by the first attempt.

“We got quite a few businesses involved, which I thought was good and hopefully it will just go from strength to strength,” said Coun Finlay.

“I would also encourage anyone who is posting information about their event or business, to post a photo as well which will help everyone.

“We are also hoping to get celebrities involved who have links with Bridlington, so if anyone has a celebrity following them then get involved.”

The latest ‘Bridlington Hour’ was set to take place again last night, and will continue every week.

If you have a Twitter profile, or even if you are new to the site, you can take part by creating a message about the town and ending it with 
#BridlingtonHour on Wednesday evenings, between 7pm and 8pm.

l Follow the @BridFreePress Twitter account or watch out for Free Press reporters tweeting about the town.